DIY Let Me Call You Sweetheart Wreath

DIY Let Me Call You Sweetheart Wreath

Create a Valentine’s Day Wreath to Decorate Home

After putting away the rest of my winter decorations and tableware, I couldn’t wait to get started on creating this Let Me Call You Sweetheart wreath for Valentine’s Day.

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Gosh, I hate packing up holiday decorations and dishes! Tableware in particular, because I am constantly reshuffling things around in order to deal with a shortage of storage space. It’s my darn fault, because I just can’t part with any of my stuff.

I really don’t have much in the way of Valentine’s Day décor and specially dishes. In fact, it’s the holiday I have the least in terms of decorations. Maybe because it’s a more girly holiday and I raised two boys? And, there’s the calendar problem.

By that I mean, Valentine’s Day falls just after the big trifecta of holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not enough time after Christmas and winter seasonal decorations go down and before you know it, it’s time for hearts, flowers and chocolate. Ok, there’s always time for chocolate!

So, I decided I needed to make a Valentine’s Day wreath, and I had just the thing to help indulge my crafting itch. (more…)

Candy Cane Christmas Urns Add Whimsy to Deck

Candy Cane Christmas Urns Add Whimsy to Deck

Still Enjoying Holiday Decorations

On the covered back deck, during the holidays, is a whimsical pair of lighted, candy cane Christmas urns. 

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Even though it’s now January, that white Christmas we had is going to be around for quite awhile. In fact, we’ve gotten another 5-6 inches on top of it.

Nothing is melting either. Not with a good portion of the country in a very deep freeze. Over the next couple of days the high isn’t suppose to go above 7 degrees, and that’s not even taking the wind chill into consideration. Brrrrr!

Since the nest is empty, I usually leave Christmas decorations up until after Epiphany Sunday. You know, after the three kings arrived in Bethlehem. It’s a nice extension to the holiday season and means I can enjoy New Years without spending it taking down decorations (in truth, it takes me about a week to do anyway!).

So, even though Christmas is in the rear mirror, I thought I’d share my second set of holiday urns. (more…)

DIY Reindeer Christmas Planters

DIY Reindeer Christmas Planters

Create a Holiday Urn Planter in 5 Easy Steps

With a little preplanning, it’s a simple process to create this beautiful pair of reindeer Christmas planters. They look wonderful greeting visitors throughout the holiday season and into the month of January. 

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This is the third year I’ve decorated black urns on either side of my front door for the holiday season with golden reindeer. They compliment outdoor Christmas decorations, including a trio of animated deer in the yard and wreath on the door.

Because there is no overhang or front porch, the planters often are covered with snow. We just had a white Christmas, and now freezing temperatures are keeping the snow from melting.

Putting the reindeer planters together isn’t difficult, weather permitting. I just leave them out until the weather is more agreeable, and then my husband moves them under the back covered porch for planting come spring.

Today I’m going to show how I created the planters, while providing helpful tips along the way and what materials were used. (more…)

Elmer the Elf Christmas Wreath DIY

Elmer the Elf Christmas Wreath DIY

Whimsical Christmas Wreath

Today’s post features an elf Christmas wreath, I’ve named  after a very old and dear buddy of mine. This is the second post on Christmas wreaths I made for my sons.

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See the first post, Bringing Home the Christmas Tree DIY Wreath.

For both wreaths, I followed a similar, five-step process using deco mesh techniques. I share a supply list, as well as instructions, tips and photos to help you follow along the production process.

Let me begin with the inspiration for the elf Christmas wreath and it’s name, Elmer the Elf.

For that, I have to tell you a magical Christmas story of olde. Elmer has been part of my family’s Christmas tradition for over half a century.

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Bringing Home the Christmas Tree DIY Wreath

Bringing Home the Christmas Tree DIY Wreath

Happiness is Making a Wreath for a Loved One

Today I’m sharing a Christmas tree DIY wreath created for my son who lives in a Manhattan condo. I had to wait until he received it in the mail first, so I wouldn’t spoil the surprise. Later this week, I’ll

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share the wreath I made for my younger son, who lives in Philadelphia.

I’ve named this wreath, Bringing Home the Christmas Tree. Can you see why?

The same basic construction steps and similar materials were used as the wreaths featured in Bewitching DIY Halloween Wreath and DIY Trick or Treat Halloween Wreath.

As I explained in those posts, deco mesh techniques can easily be applied to any holiday or theme wreath.

I provide a quick overview of the materials used, where I got them, and instruction tips and photos in case you’d like replicate the wreath design. (more…)

How to Decorate a Dining Room Chandelier for Fall

How to Decorate a Dining Room Chandelier for Fall

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In this second post, I illustrate how I decorate a dining room chandelier for the fall season. I follow the same process as the kitchen chandelier, detailed in yesterday’s Decorate a Chandelier for Fall in 3 Easy Steps. A few key differences between the chandeliers impact the design and materials used:

  • Brass vs painted light fixture
  • Two vs one-tier of ‘candles’
  • Ten vs six candles
  • Formal vs casual setting

So, let’s apply the same three decorating steps to create a unique design for the dining room chandelier. (more…)

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